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FOCUS Enhancements and Be Team to Incorporate TV-out Technology in BeIA; Focus' FS450 Chip technology to run on BeIA, the complete IA solution

CAMPBELL, Calif. and MENLO PARK, Calif., Jan 30, 2001 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- FOCUS
Enhancements, Inc. (Nasdaq: FCSE) and Be Incorporated (Nasdaq: BEOS) today
announced an agreement that will enable Internet appliances powered by BeIA, the
complete IA solution, to utilize a TV as a display.

Under the agreement, Be will distribute the software driver for the FOCUS FS450
TV-out chip as part of the BeIA Client Platform. By including the chip in a
BeIA-powered Internet appliance, a manufacturer can sell the device without a
monitor. This solution enables the manufacturer to offer significantly lower
priced IAs to consumers, who can simply plug the devices into their existing

"While there are other TV-out solutions in the market, the FS450 is the first to
produce truly high-quality graphics," said Lamar Potts, Vice President, Sales
and Marketing for Be. "Virtually everyone in the U.S. owns a TV, and our work
with FOCUS allows manufacturers using the BeIA platform to target consumers who
want to use their TV to access the Internet."

"One of the features that makes an Internet appliance so attractive to the
end-user is the low price point over a PC solution," said Bill Schillhammer,
Vice President of OEM Sales for FOCUS Enhancements. "FOCUS's FS450 technology is
critical to reading the small fonts found browsing the web and when using the
wide range of televisions found in homes. The FS450 has features specifically
designed to enhance the viewing experience allowing the TV to rival monitors.
The BeIA Client Platform provides a low cost IA solution making it possible to
hit even lower price points while not compromising functionality."

About BeIA: The Complete IA Solution

BeIA consists of three components; the BeIA Client Platform, the BeIA Management
and Administration Platform (MAP), and BeIA Integration Services. The BeIA
Client Platform is a small footprint-operating environment for the device. BeIA
MAP allows a service provider to manage the operation and update BeIA Client
Platforms with no intervention on the part of the end user, so the device will
operate reliably without user intervention. Through the BeIA Integration
Services, Be assists device creators in the development and deployment of the

About the FS450

The FS450 chip incorporates a broadcast quality encoder and programmable, flat,
artifact-free scaling and an advanced 2D-flicker filter and it is targeted for
Internet set-top boxes, Cable/DVD Player set-top boxes, web appliances, and
video kiosks. The FS450 supports XGA resolutions up to 1024x768. This allows
full page web-browsing on a TV without special formatting requirements.

About Be

Founded in 1990, Be Incorporated creates software solutions that enable rich
media and Web experiences on personal computers and Internet appliances. Be's
headquarters are in Menlo Park, Calif., and its European office is in Paris,
France. It is publicly traded on the Nasdaq National Market under the symbol
BEOS. Be can be found on the Web at http://www.be.com.

About Focus Enhancements, Inc.

FOCUS Enhancements, Inc. (NASDAQ: FCSE) develops and markets advanced,
proprietary video conversion ASICs for the converging, multi-billion dollar
Internet, computer and television industries. The Company's technology, which is
sold globally through Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) and resellers,
merges computer-generated graphics and television displays for Internet viewing,
presentations, training, education, video teleconferencing, and home gaming

FOCUS Enhancements, (408) 866-8300, 1370 Dell Avenue, Campbell, CA 95008,

Forward-Looking Statements

Forward-looking statements in this release are made pursuant to the "safe
harbor" provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. The
statements contained in this release, which are not historical facts, are
forward-looking statements. Investors are cautioned that such forward-looking
statements involve risks and uncertainties including, without limitation,
continued acceptance of the companies' products, increased levels of competition
for the companies; new products and technological changes, the companies'
dependence upon third-party suppliers, intellectual property rights and other
risks detailed from time to time in the companies' periodic reports filed with
the Securities and Exchange Commission. Readers are cautioned not to put undue
reliance on any forward-looking statements contained herein, which speak only as
of the date hereof. The companies undertake no obligation to release publicly
any revisions to forward- looking statements that may be made to reflect events
after the date hereof or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events. In
addition, the forward-looking statements contained herein are subject to risks
and uncertainties, including the successful integration of Videonics into FOCUS,
fluctuations in operating results, the timely development and acceptance of new
products, product availability from suppliers, the impact of competitive
products and pricing, changing TV standards and other risks set forth under the
caption "Certain Factors That May Affect Future Results" in Focus and Videonics
Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 1999, in its
quarterly report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 31, 2000, June 30,
2000, September 30, 2000 and other filings with the SEC by both FOCUS and
Videonics. All forward-looking statements related to Be Incorporated and its
products are expressly qualified in their entirety by the "Risk Factors" and
other cautionary statements included in Be Incorporated's Annual Report on Form
10-K for the year ended December 31, 1999, and other public filings with the
Securities and Exchange Commission

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